2017 03 AKCA Minutes

AKCA Minutes of March 9, 2017


Officers Present:                                 Directors Present:                   Guests:

Chair: Carole Elliott

Vice Chair:     Jeff Fleischer

Secretary: Don Chandler

CFO: Brenda Chandler


Board Highlights:


  • Clubs may request boxes of past issues of KOI USA, not for resale, for free except for paying for shipping.
  • AKCA/KHV Project needs your club support by donating to it!
  • Are you a KHA graduate who would like to head the KHA program? If so, please contact Julie Miller.


The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Carole Elliott at 5:20 p.m.


MINUTES: Motion: To approve the minutes of February 9th. Motion by Don, 2nd by Brenda. Approved.




FINANCIALS: We went over the CFO’s February report. We had a beginning balance of $56,240.08. After expenses we had a balance of $56,520.62, an increase of $280.54 for the month.


WEBSITE: No report.


KHA:   N/R


PROJECT KHV: We paid an additional invoice to OSU of $1600 on the $30,000 grant. The Las Vegas Club went inactive and closed out their bank account. They gave the remaining balance to Project KHV (Thank you Kent & Janon Wallace) for $1,792.73. Mark Corser won 2 Peter Enfield slates at auction at the San Diego show for an additional $2,000 in donations; and we also collected $23 from the donation box at the Koi Club of San Diego Koi Show.

            WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

Clubs or individuals who send in money towards the KHV Project, you will be listed in KOI USA magazine under the ranking (amount you have sent) for money received.


PUBLICATION:   A cover of the upcoming magazine was passed out; the cover picture was taken in Japan by 14 year old Brendan Moody, a KHA from Iowa. The upcoming issue will be the first issue to realize savings from cutting back on printing costs. The boxes were shipped on the 5th. We had a net of -4 total subscriptions for the March/April issue; this was the lowest amount of drops since the Sep/Oct issue of 2007. J


MEMBERSHIP: The Utah WGS added Koi to their name and sent in a $100 check for membership. Motion: To approve Utah WGC&Koi as an AKCA member club. Motion by Don, 2nd by Carole. Approved. They have a member from the last KHA class: Terry (and Michelle) Maxfield. Charleston Showa KC has voted to close down. We thank them for their years of support and will miss them.


JUDGING: We received a bill for the AKCA Tom Ayers Award; 2 years worth for $700. A check was sent to Larry Christensen.


RISK MANAGEMENT: We have 24 clubs enrolled. Deep South has mailed a check that we have yet to receive. 3 other clubs are also interested in enrolling.


BOOKSTORE: We made $222 in Feb. At the San Diego show in Mar we made $466.60 and got five new KOI USA subscriptions. Brenda is going to order 10 more Koishi books by Kodama as well as 10 more of Kodama’s Kokugyo 2 books. Bob will give us an estimate on printing Claudia Nice’s book. After expenses, she will split the profit with AKCA 50/50; 20 odd pages.









2017 Seminar: The form for registration is on the AKCA website; you can also pay on the website. Everything is coming along.


2018 Seminar: The Koi Club of San Diego will be hosting the 2018 Wet Lab/banquet. Brenda found a Clarion Hotel and sent the info to the Koi Club of San Diego; hotel is in National City.



  • Please send any pictures of club members, or others, reading KOI USA magazine.
  • If your club has recently held a pond tour or koi show, has it been submitted for an article in KOI USA magazine?




  • Send notices for Koi Person of the Year and Koi of the Year



  • None



  • None


Motion: To adjourn at 5:43p.m. Motion by Brenda, 2nd by Jeff. Approved.


Respectfully submitted by,

Don Chandler, Secretary





Written report submitted by Carole Elliott:   So Cal Koi Club did not hold a meeting in March due to two koi shows in the area. In April, the club will visit the pond at McFadden Intermediate School that the club built over 20 years ago. Carole Elliott maintains the pond with a teacher feeding the koi during the school week. Christine Wilkolaski, of Niagara Frontier K&PC, said their club will be having their annual photo contest this month. Their judge, Mary Lou Frost, from a local photo club, will judge their photos on Flora, Fauna and Ponds. Awards will be given. Plans are moving forward for their annual Koi Show this June. It will be at Mastersons Garden Center in East Aurora. The chairman for this is Ray Lucas. They have some great speakers lined up for the event. Jan Jordan, of Mid-Columbia K&PC, said that she is currently trying to get people to sign up for meeting dates April through September. So far, she has only gotten 1 person who signed up for June. They have to find a new secretary as Barb resigned; they’re going RVing this summer. Thus we’re barely moving into spring around there. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their club had its March meeting today. They voted to send a contribution for the KHV research. (To check on the site, go to AKCA and the KHV research) Oregon State University accomplished a lot with the grants we have given them. Norm Call, of Oregon K&WGS, said they will participate at the Master Gardener’s Plant & Garden Expo again this year for its membership drive in May. This year, Kim has requested a booth to set up a show tank to sell water plants and small koi that will be supplied by Cascade Pond Supply. They will not have their 16th Annual Koi Show this year. However, they will instead have a Koi auction on the 2nd Saturday in June. Debby Young, of Southern Arizona KA, reports that they have their change of Officers this month. Vaquero, their local Ultra Balance Koi food retailer, will host their club for an informational gathering at their store. They hope to bring in the Star Milling representative to lecture on Koi Nutrition. Jan Brown, of North Florida KC, reports their March meeting was held at the home of Jim & Libby Mattingly. The koi show was the topic of discussion. April 6-9th will be the All Jacksonville Koi Show. Becky Troyer, of Indiana K&WGC, reports that the January board and planning session was held at the home of Iris Snyder on Jan. 15th. The main thing was growing their membership and ways to do it. They are going to change their meeting format for this year by meeting bi-monthly: April, June, August, and October. They will be doing the Spring Flower & Patio Show March 11-19. They have a booth to promote the club, recruit new members and activities. It was decided to have a pond tour this year. They are also planning a trip to Iowa to visit Kloubec’s Koi Farm. Jerry Behlau, of Genesse Valley P&KC, reports Ralph Smith, of Southwest K&PA, said that a great time was had by all at their last get together at the Dominic’s Italian Restaurant. SKAPA is currently in the process of changing their website name to www.myskapa.org. Their first meeting of the year will be held at the home of Don and Neil Harrawood, and back by popular demand, guest speaker and member, Danny Arellano entitled “The Fancy Pigeon Hobby.” Dan Chevalier, of Land of Lincoln WG&KS, said they are shut down for the winter. Larry Christensen, of Northwest K&GFC-ZNA Northwest, said they are finishing up their ZNA membership drive this month. Signups are going well for their annual koi lottery. They’re getting 20 Tosai Go Sanke from Pan Inter Corp this year all 10 to 12 inches. This month their speaker is Claudia Nice. She will be talking on her trip to the Great Barrier Reef that they took in Feb. They’re also going to start talking koi varieties at their meetings starting in March. This month is Asagi. They also had their first Koi Show Meeting for the 2017 Show. In April, their meeting topic is Water Plants. Speaker is Amon Hughes, of Hughes Water Gardens. Koi topic undetermined. Ken Houtman, of Great Ponds & KS of West Michigan, said there isn’t much to say. Their first meeting of the year happens next month. Their membership dues should be paid. They usually have an auction of koi related items and they have a chance to discuss how the fish managed the winter ice. It is good to visit with old friends and socialize before their meeting.   Glen Hubenthal, of Austin PS, said their 2017 Pond and Garden Tour is June 3rd and 4th. Lamar Pounds, of Macon WG&KC, said that mostly their club over the past few months has only had monthly meetings at local restaurants the 1st Thursday of each month. It mostly has been about having a good dinner out with friends and only talking KOI club issues as needed. Their next meeting will be at Old Town Buffet on Russell Parkway in Warner Robins on the 1st Thursday of April. In May, on the 1st Saturday the meeting will be at one of their members’ home with their annual plant exchange. Jo Mead, of Mid-Atlantic, said that their biggest issue right now is that a few of their members have been dealing with devastating mink attacks. Mel Barutha, of South Carolina K&WGS, said their club was one of ten nonprofit organizations that was chosen this year to participate in the Home & Garden Show March 3-5th at no cost to them for the booth space. They only had to pay a minimal fee for electric and any other miscellaneous costs that they incurred. What a great opportunity for them. It was a Friday through Sunday show and some of their members manned the booth to give out info about their club, talked about their upcoming pond tour in June and their big event, the 10th Anniversary Koi Show, October 6-8th. They then had an opportunity to present to the Greater Greenville Master Gardeners club on the evening of March 6th about Water Features in the yard. The 30-50 minute presentation turned into a little over an hour with the interest and questions by their members. They may have another opportunity to present into about their club to another garden club late March. They have about 8 of their members heading to the Central Florida Koi Show the weekend of March 10th-12th. It has been a busy beginning to a new koi year for them. Mary Ann Penix, of Piedmont K&WGS, said their club has begun meeting at members’ homes. It has turned much colder here and snow is predicted for Sunday. Their cookout at their March meeting may have to move indoors. Their April meeting will have a plant swap after members clean out their plants and ponds. Sheila Jackson, of San Francisco Bay Area KC, reports the club will be holding its monthly meeting at a lovely indoor pond in Pittsburg CA on the fourth Saturday of the month. Carole tried but was unable to reach: ZNA Potomac; Gulf Coast KS; Northern Nevada PC; Olympic K,GF&WGC; Amarillo KS; Atlanta KC; Canada KC of British Columbia; Eastern Iowa PS; Northern Iowa P&KC; Hawaii Goldfish & Carp; Miami Valley WGS; North Texas WGS; Puget Sound KC; WGC of South Texas; Central Alabama K&WGS; North Idaho Koi Keepers; Macon WG&KC; Prairieland K&PS.


Written report submitted by Don Chandler: Mike Przewoznik, of Bakersfield Koi & WGS, reports the club met at the home of Doctor Scott Davis.  He explained a pool man helped him build his pond and his equipment is from Sacramento Koi.  The pond is 7-8′ deep with bead filters and a UV light.   He started with goldfish and moved to Koi and now has approx. 21 Koi.   The club discussed the happenings at the San Diego Koi Show and that moved into discussion on our Koi Show in October. Malise gave a great presentation on using test kits and also a discussion on preparing your pond for Spring.  The club will not have an April meeting and will be joining the San Diego Koi Club in their joint meeting in April.   The club will have their joint meeting with their sister club, CCKS in Fresno on May 20th. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.bkwgs.com/. Rosimeri Tran, of Central California Koi Society, reports we welcomed new members in attendance: Dawn Everhart, Ross Dawson, Elsa Killion and Paulette Melkonian.  Reminded members dues have increased to $40.00 and should be paid by March 31st.  Introduced incoming Officers to new members.  Club purchased 13 hard show tanks from Poly Tanks and plan to purchase remaining 5 by end of this year.  Koi show dates have been confirmed with Fig Garden management for set up on Friday, September 22nd and show dates Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th.  Hotel has been reserved at San Joaquin Hotel and the banquet will be at The Elbow Room.  Rosimeri encouraged members to show koi and help up with set up.  We discussed a road trip to Barstow Koi Farm and members signed up to attend trip with a date set for April 22nd. Seng showed a video of how he cleans his Japanese mat filter with a garden hose, members asked questions.  Seng discussed how he upgraded his filtration system. Club discussion between members: Importance of aerating water during pond repairs/maintenance; Cold weather is best time to do repairs due to fish not eating and water temps are low; Stop feeding during the time you do repairs; Seng talked about dragon fly larvae that breed inside his Japanese mat filters. Check out the club’s web site at http://www.cencalkoi.com. Katy Shanafelt, of Idaho Koi & WGS, reports the season got off to a great start with the Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society’s Kick-off Banquet at Louie’s Meridian. With 35 people in attendance, the evening was a great mixture of socializing with old friends and making new ones. Guest speaker, Jim Kitchens from Mamason Koi, informed the audience about bringing ponds out of a record winter into a successful and healthy spring. A large number of raffle and silent auction items were donated as well as koi from two vendors. The club continues to grow and welcome new members. The next monthly board meeting will take place March 6 at Idaho Pizza Company-Glenwood and State at 6 p.m. Check out their website at http://www.iwgks.org.


Written report submitted by Brenda Chandler: Jerry Kyle, of Camellia Koi Club, reports The Camellia Koi Club previously reported 2017 is expected to be an exciting year.  A Wet Lab is planned for this month – March meeting – along with choosing our Koi Person of the Year.  With CKC having more KHA’s to share knowledge than most clubs all will have a great opportunity to learn.  Already a Pond Tour is planned for May 20-21 and a Koi Show will happen at the Old Sugar Mill on Sept 2-3.  At the April meeting we will see our new president’s new Koi Pond and have a special guest teach us about Koi food and best feeding methods.  Iva Gaglione from Star Milling is planning to talk about how Ultra Balance has improved choices and how we can take advantage in our ponds.  No wonder this club is growing and, yes, as previously reported, it is exciting.  Fun too.  Check out their website at http://www.camelliakoi.org. Brenda Chandler, of Nishiki Koi Club, reports the club is not currently meeting. Check out their website at http://www.nishikikoiclub.com. Claude Head, of North East Iowa Koi Association, reports we are coming out of hibernation this week.  Our first meeting of 2017 will be Thursday evening.  Our club is very excited about our first pond tour, consequently most of the content of our meeting will be centered around plans for each member to contribute their thoughts. Exciting time of the year for pond owners in Iowa. Just like ‘old home week’ seeing all of our koi friends again at the meeting and also all of our ‘real koi wet pets’ enjoying the open waters without ice overhead. Think Summer! Check out their website at http://www.neikakoiassoc.com/index.html. Shirley Simmonds, of Utah Water Garden & Koi Club, reports we are so excited! February meeting was changed at the last min. And it was fabulous! We watched a YouTube video of Andy Woo from Anaheim, CA. You probably know him personally, and it was so good, then we had a Q and A and everyone loved it! Of course pie for our treat! Check out their website at www.utahwatergardenandkoiclub.org.





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